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Beginner's Guide to Shiga - Sightseeing Highlights Around Japan's Lake Biwa Region

Hikone, Nagahama Other Sightseeing

Shiga Prefecture is located almost directly in the middle of Japan's chain of islands. With Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake, dominating around around 1/6th of the prefecture visitors can experience beautiful natural scenery in every season. With its strategic location, Shiga has long had a highly developed economy and culture, and to this day many historic landmarks and city districts remain. This extends to its cuisine as well: Shiga is famous for the carp and sweetfish, and an abundant and profound food culture of "freshwater fish cuisine" unlike that in any other prefecture has been cultivated over the years.

Why Instagrammers Love These 3 Kyoto Spots

Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple Other Cafes and Sweets

Kyoto has many different types of café, from traditional coffee shops through to hipster joints and trendy meeting places. Today we’re featuring what we consider to be three of the most photogenic cafes in the city.

Kyoto Guide: Highlights of Yasaka Shrine - Power Spots of Beauty and Love!

Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple Shrines

Yasaka Shrine, lovingly nicknamed "Gion-san" in Kyoto, is visited by many people from all over the world. It is also known as Higashiyama's biggest tourist destination. But are you familiar with the intriguing power spots in the area related to beauty and marriage? Join along as we walk around the shrines lining the foot of the mountain, and come to a relaxing garden, Maruyama Park.

Kyoto Dining Guide: Ichi no Hunairi – Unique, Beautiful Kyoto-style Chinese cuisine along the Takase River

kyoto Suburbs Other Chinese Food

Ichi no Hunairi sits near a historical site which was once the dock for Takase boats. This is reflected in the name of the famous Kyoto-style Chinese restaurant, Ichi no Hunairi, where Chef Gi Yoshiyuki, who is certified as one of the finest chefs of Chinese cuisine, creates his Kyoto-style dishes. His Kyoto-style Chinese dishes, which are not only pleasing to the eye but also incorporate the belief of Ishoku Dogen (medicine and food have the same origin), are popular not only with local residents but tourists as well, so we decided to do an article on it!

KANSAI ONE PASS: Explore Osaka and the Whole Kansai Region with Just This Card and a Phone!

Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi Other Sightseeing

While you may not know the word “Kansai”, you’ve definitely heard of Osaka and Kyoto. Kansai is simply the region you can find them in! And if you’re planning to head there, you definitely need to know about the KANSAI ONE PASS, a transportation IC card specifically designed for international visitors to Japan. This pass is a super-convenient, card-type ticket that allows you to ride the JR lines, subways, private railways, buses, and almost any other type of transportation servicing the Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe Regions. There are plenty of perks that come with having the pass. ©Tezuka Production

Choice Spots

  • Arashiyama, Uzumasa
  • Gion, Kawaramachi, Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Kobe, Sannomiya, Kitano
  • Kyoto Station, To-ji Temple
  • Nanba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi
  • Nara, Ikoma, Tenri
  • Shinsekai, Tennouji, Tsuruhashi
  • Umeda, Osaka Station, Kitashinchi
  • USJ, Nanko Port
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